China reiterates claim on Galwan Valley, Indian Air Force on high alert


NEW DELHI | JUNE 20, 2020:

One day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the country of no foreign incursions into India, China has claimed that the Galwan valley of Ladakh is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

China's foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, on Saturday, said that the Galwan valley is located on the Chinese side of the LAC in the west section of the China-India boundary.

"For many years, the Chinese border troops have been on patrol duty in this region," Zhao said.

The Chinese claims came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an All-Party Meeting via video conferencing to discuss the situation on the India-China border areas.

"Twenty of our brave soldiers made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in Ladakh but also taught a lesson to those who had dared to look towards our motherland," Modi had said.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

"The nation will forever remember their valour and sacrifice. The Army has been given full freedom to take the necessary steps and India has also conveyed its position clearly to China through diplomatic means," he added.

During the meeting, Modi highlighted the fact that the government has prioritized the development of border area infrastructure.

"Patrolling capacity at LAC has also increased and the country is better informed about the developments at LAC and can monitor and respond better," he said.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had said that the nation will never forget the sacrifice made by the Indian soldiers.

On the other hand, External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar gave an overview of the agreements between India and China on border management.

He informed that back in 2014, the Prime Minister had given the highest priority to the development of infrastructure in border areas.

The meeting concluded with all leaders expressing their commitment to stand united with the government.


Congress leaders speak up:

Meanwhile, Congress leaders have accused Modi of surrendering to the Chinese.

Taking to Twitter, the Congress posted the following tweet, "Let the Government of India answer China's claims on Galwan today not wait until tomorrow so that our position is made clear."